Scout GPS, Maps, Voice Navigation & Traffic

Scout GPS, Maps, Voice Navigation & Traffic

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Quick Specs

  • Version:
    1.17.1.66283
  • Total Downloads:
    1,063
  • Date Added:
    May 29, 2014
  • File Size:
    23.63MB
  • Downloads Last Week:
    4
  • Operating Systems:
    iOS

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In light of Apple's recent announcements about its maps app, the idea of another navigation app for the iPhone might seem redundant, but Apple's program will have a hard time matching the route guidance capabilities of Telenav's Scout.

This recent free navigation app builds on Telenav's extensive experience in mobile navigation. Telenav came up with a new interface design and made the app free as a way of competing in the increasingly cutthroat world of navigation software.

Scout's major drawbacks are that it is strictly an online app, and voice prompts require a $9.99-a-year subscription. I also found some aspects of the interface a little bit subtle, making it not always apparent how to find certain features of begin navigation.

Most people will find Scout's online requirement no problem, as the majority of navigating is done in places with a data connection. When I drove into an area with no cell reception, Scout's maps disappeared, although it did still show a line indicating my direction on the screen. Unlike some other navigation apps, Scout can not preload maps for a route.

The main interface combines a small map, a search box, points of interest, and buttons for home and work addresses. These latter buttons automatically compute the drive time for the home and work addresses saved in the app, showing these times right on the main interface. This feature can be particularly useful for people who want to determine the best time to head for work or home, as the drive times will take traffic into account if the app includes the voice guidance annual subscription.

When I first started using Scout, I did not notice any favorites or recent destinations list, and found myself looking up addresses repeatedly with the search box. Poking around the interface, I finally found that touching the Drive button took me to a screen with a recent destination list, a link to my phone's contacts, and similar saved addresses.

Similarly, after finding a destination with search, Scout brings up a nice little card for the place that includes the address, phone number, crowdsourced reviews, and a button to share the location through e-mail or text messaging. But there is no button that says "navigate" or "set this address as a destination." Instead, I had to touch the address on the screen, which caused Scout to calculate routes.

Scout navigation

The main interface for Scout shows drive times to preloaded work and home addresses.

(Credit: Wayne Cunningham/CNET)

Scout offered three routes for each destination I chose, then required me to pick one of them and push the navigate button to begin route guidance. It seemed like a lot of steps to go through to begin navigation, but it was nice to have the multiple routes shown right from the start.

Without the voice prompt upgrade, Scout is a purely visual navigator, and does not take traffic into account. But it worked very well as long as I could clip the phone somewhere in the car where I could see it. Its turn instructions were easy to follow and shown well in advance of upcoming turns. It also shows maps in 2D or 3D views, at the driver's preference.

Adding the voice guidance subscription, Scout became much more useful. In fact, I found that I began to rely on it for most navigation, even if I already knew my route. With the upgrade, it does an excellent job of integrating traffic. Frequently I would start out on a trip, and Scout would announce that it adjusted the route based on a traffic problem up ahead. It is quite satisfying to go cruising down a clear road, imagining that somewhere nearby is a massive jam-up.

The voice prompts made it unnecessary to put my phone up on the dashboard, as they included the names of the streets on which I would be turning. These voice prompts also talked through multiple, close-together turns before I reached them, giving some advanced preparation. I was also able to turn off my iPhone's screen, saving its battery, and still hear the voice prompts.

On arriving at a destination, Scout does not automatically end its route guidance, which would be nice. Instead, I had to either touch the end trip button, which kind of disappears in the lower right hand corner of the route guidance screen, or shut down the app. Unlike some other navigation apps, Scout does not automatically resume a route when it is shut down then restarted.

One other feature that might keep Scout relevant once Apple's Maps app becomes generally available is its integration with the Scout.me Web site and in-car infotainment systems. The Web site is supposed to let users select destinations on their PCs and share them with the phone app. That would be useful when, for example, getting an e-mail with a physical address and pasting it into the Web site. However, the Web site is still in beta, and never linked up with my phone.

The other component of the Scout ecosystem, integration with cars, will have to wait until automakers implement the compatible software. Telenav has a strong working relationship with Ford, so I would expect it would be the first automaker to incorporate Scout. With full implementation, drivers should be able to find a destination using the phone app or Web site, and send it to the car's navigation system.

 
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4 stars

"Kicks off my Bluetooth - while on the phone!"

October 07, 2013  |  By marelnd

 |  Version: Scout GPS, Maps, Voice Navigation & Traffic 1.11.1.100204

Pros

Love Scout and loved TeleNav before! It's gotten me safely out of the hills of PA to every soccer / XC practice around!

Cons

When I used TeleNav I could talk on the phone and it would voice over directions. Scout kicks me off of my bluetooth entirely! And then I don't hear my phone call OR the directions! It's very frustrating! I have the setting set to interrupt a call - but it's not working correctly! Please tell me how to fix it - or fix it on your end - please! It's pretty dangerous because then I'm fiddling w/ my phone for both directions and a call!

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What's new in version 1.17.1.66283
Get around the app much easier and faster with fewer taps to the important things like your Recents and saved Likes. Search Ahead while navigating to find coffee, food, gas, or popular chains up ahead along your routenever behind or off track! Add a pit stop and be routed there. Scout adjusts your ETA and continues navigating you to your original destination when youre done! Find the cheapest parkingGet the lowest priced parking options on a map as you approach your destinationavailable in more than 100 cities in the US. Interact with the Dashboard by zooming and panning, check out whats nearby, and get your traffic-based commute drive times right on the map with one-tap navigation! Get food and drink suggestions nearby on the map. The more you use Scout the better the suggestions get, based on time of day, location and day of the week. Share your location from the map to meet up with friends or save it to your Likes for later. Mark a spot directly on the map by pressing and holding.
General
Publisher TeleNav
Publisher web site http://www.sipity.com
Release Date January 09, 2012
Date Added May 29, 2014
Version 1.17.1.66283
Category
Category Educational Software
Subcategory Map Software
Operating Systems
Operating Systems iOS
Additional Requirements Compatible with iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4. iTunes account required.
Download Information
File Size 23.63MB
File Name Not available
Popularity
Total Downloads 1,063
Downloads Last Week 4
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License Model Free
Limitations Not available
Price Free

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